The long-awaited ‘repatriation’ flight (KQ 205) from India landed in Nairobi on Thursday evening, after it departed Mumbai at 6.30pm civil time .
The 234 passengers are expected to undergo quarantine for 14 mandatory days before they will be released to their homes.
But the flight, our sources indicated, also brought with it two bodies. A passenger who had been sick died before boarding while another had died earlier.
Kenya’s High Commission in New Delhi had figured out the paperwork for 234 Kenyans stranded in India since March 23 2020 following Premier Narendra Modi’s total lockdown. The restrictions were extended to May 17 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The single flight picked them up at a subsidised rate of $800 (Sh85,894) for a business class ticket and USD 430 (Sh45,635) for economy.
Kenya’s diplomat to India Willy Bett who had earlier confirmed that some patients and caregivers may have missed seats on the flight as reported by the state now says that some 17 people that Intended to travel back home were ejected and replaced with patients and their caregivers.